cause of allah

The Prophet (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) used to say, “O Allah! I seek refuge with You from helplessness, laziness, cowardice and feeble old age; I seek refuge with You from afflictions of life and death and seek refuge with You from the punishment in the grave.
—  Sahih al-Bukhari, Fighting for the Cause of Allah, Book 56, Hadith 39
Things That Cause the Love of Allah
  1. Reciting the Qur’an and pondering upon it.
  2. Getting closer to Allah by praying voluntary prayers
  3. Being consistent in the remembrance of Allah in all situations. (This may be in the heart, on the limbs, etc.)
  4. Placing Allah’s love before the love of the slaves and creation
  5. In one’s heart, observing Allah’s Names and Attributes
  6. Thinking and pondering on the apparent and unapparent blessings of Allah
  7. Humbling and humiliating you heart in front of Allah
  8. Being alone at the time when Allah is descending
  9. Sitting with the people who love Allah - those who are truthful in their claim of iman - and taking/benefiting from their wise speech
  10. Staying away from everything that can get between your heart and Allah

Source: Gems & Jewels - Ustadh Abdulrahman Hassan (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yiovf-tnEW0)

Reference: Ibn al-Qayyim’s Madaarij as-Salikeen, vol. 3, p.17

And We will surely test you until We make evident those who strive among you [for the cause of Allah ] and the patient, and We will test your affairs.

-Surah Muhammad | 47:31.

No one cares for me.

- I know when you reach such age, somewhere between teenage and adulthood, you will utter such words.
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How many of our daughters or friends have uttered and ranted about this to us? When they feel like no one wants to talk to them or cares about them? Especially those days when their hearts become attached to someone who shows interest in marrying them. 

It was a practice of the Sahabiyyat RA to remind their sons/daughters about Allah, about Islam and even about death every now and then. Some would write notes, some would narrate it in stories, and some spark it through their speeches urging their sons to fight for the cause of Allah. 

We have to be like that. So today, I would like to write something for my future daughter, and I encourage all of you to do so, write something for them to read when they grow up, write by now when work has not occupied much of your time yet. Let us revive a beautiful practice of the Sahabiyyat RA. in sha Allah.
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My princess, I am writing this at a time when hate crime and discrimination against Muslims are on its height. But fear not, as Mommy is okay, as Mommy is in Allah’s Care. 

My beautiful one, know that there will come a time when people around you will stare at you in a way that is quite disturbing but I ask you to reciprocate such glares and stares with a beautiful smile of yours, never look back at them with an angry or fierce look for this might enflame such intense emotions within them.

Indeed, there will be moments when you will be asking things about why you wear the hijab and why you need to cover up and I pray that our actions, our worship that you see for Allah would be enough to answer your queries.

Befriend the Qur’an, make it your companion. It was the strength of Mommy and I’m sure it will be yours as well, as long as you open your heart for it. It is something that would never leave you and come to you at the time when you need it the most.

Be resourceful and always inquire/ask something you do not understand or you are having some misunderstanding about, especially when it comes to Islam. Know that Mommy prepared activities for you to get to know the greatest of people that came before us (the Sahabah). 

Always protect your hayaa’ my little one, no matter how the society would lure you to buy all these new trends, gadgets and clothes. I ask you to stick upon the teachings of the Qur’an and following the sunnah.

When things become hard for you, I ask you to ask Allah always for ease, for Allah is the only one who can bring ease in whatever trial or tribulation you are or will be facing.

My little hijabi, maintain and always be constant with your salah, I ask you not to give me a frowning face when Mommy reminds you of salah rather Mommy would be so happy to see you preparing yourself for salah even before she can tell you.

Be appreciative, when an aunty comes, welcome her always with a warm hug, be charitable my little one, for Allah spends for those who spend for Him. Always choose and prefer to give rather than to receive.  

My little star, one day, when you will be engrossed with the cyberworld, refrain from talking with the opposite sex. If someone would approach you, advice them to fear Allah and I ask you to open it up with me, if not with your daddy then know that mommy is all ears for you. This is not because I want to reprimand you but Mommy just wants to be aware and give you guidance as Mommy doesn’t want you to indulge into something haraam and might hurt you at the end.

When someone would ask for your hand, fear not from telling us and telling him to contact your wali, for I have pledge not to make you go through what others may have gone through, making your mahr too expensive is a big no from us, as long as the brother has deen then we would gladly give you to him in accordance to the rules that are needed to be abided within Islam.

And when the time comes that Mommy won’t be with you anymore, know that You are in Allah’s Care just like how Mommy was in Allah’s Care. Remember that whatever happens in your life is accordingly upon the Will of Allah, and nothing happens in the life of a Believer except that it is for his/her own good. So accept and face every struggle with patience and strong trust in Allah.

I promise with a hopeful heart that we will see each other in Jannah again, I will run to you my baby girl, Mommy will hug you there.

But for now, Mommy is still in the process of asking Allah’s guidance on making herself grow better so that as soon as Allah decrees that you and Mommy meets here, she is in the best of state in all aspects, ready to fulfill such responsibility of raising you upon the Qur’an and Sunnah.

My baby, I can’t wait to hear you call me, Mommy <3 in sha Allah. 
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And we pray that we be amongst those parents who would be able to raise such lions and lionesses of this Ummah, and make them the coolness of our eyes. Amin

Zohayma

Once Allah is forgotten, people willingly join the corrupt elements. The final revelation, the Qur'an, addresses this phenomenon in chapter al-Mujaadalah as follows: “Satan got the better of them and caused them to forget Allah. Those are the party of Satan. Truly the party of Satan are the real losers.” [(58):19]

Do not worry your precious little heart, my darling. Wipe your tears, brush it off your shoulder and look in the mirror. See how your eyes wander to find purity? Can you feel your heart crave so much of peace? I know you lost your way and I can see you kept trying to find your way back.

Listen love, He brings you pain because it’s the only way to reach you.. He sees you struggling, to you everything seems like it’s just not good enough. It’s cause Allah wants you to talk to Him. Tell Him everything. What hurts, who hurt you and who helped you up. He takes from you, to see if you’d still love Him the same..or would you turn around and blame Him for the loss. So remember this on your bad days. You have a good heart for wanting to be whole again. The sweetness….of iman can never be compared to any worldy pleasures.

And there is no sin on earth that you do, that He cannot forgive. Always remember that you matter and you are worth it, in all ways. So darling, come place your heavy heart in my hands. I’ll be your strength when you’re weak. I’ll hold your weight until you can stand again. I’ll be your guide when you lose your way. And I’ll be right here, for you داءما in sha allah.
—  inurlidyana,🌸
This is a letter to anyone having a hard time tasting the sweetness of iman; I care & I love you. Take your time to heal, darling. Allah loves you.
Riyad as-Salihin, The Book of Miscellany  Book 1, Hadith 644

Narrated ‘Aishah (ra): 
Messenger of Allah (pbuh) never hit anything with his hand neither a servant nor a woman but of course, he did fight in the Cause of Allah. He never took revenge upon anyone for the wrong done to him, but of course, he exacted retribution for the sake of Allah in case the Injunctions of Allah about unlawful acts were violated.[Muslim].

So I’m putting this out there for all people, and particularly the Muslims. 

IT IS STATED IN THE QURAN, THE WORDS OF ALLAH SUBHANA WA TA’ALA, 

Fight in the cause of Allah those who fight you, but do not transgress limits; for Allah loveth not transgressors. And slay them wherever ye catch them, and turn them out from where they have Turned you out; for tumult and oppression are worse than slaughter; but fight them not at the Sacred Mosque, unless they (first) fight you there; but if they fight you, slay them. Such is the reward of those who suppress faith. But if they cease, Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful. And fight them on until there is no more Tumult or oppression, and there prevail justice and faith in Allah; but if they cease, Let there be no hostility except to those who practise oppression.   – Surah Al- Baqarah 190-193

If you, as a lowly human being, begin to tell a brother or a sister what they can or cannot do, or what is right and what is wrong; if you begin to tell a brother or a sister that being non-heterosexual is a sin, and limit what is possible for them, YOU ARE AN OPPRESSOR. let me repeat that. YOU ARE AN OPPRESSOR. 

You are not Al-Aziz. You are not Al-Khaliq. You are not Al-Azim. And you sure as hell are not Al-Hakam. 

Learn your place as a follower of Islam. Learn your place as an equal to your brothers and sisters. DO NOT DARE CONTRIBUTE TO MUSLIM DEPRESSION, MUSLIM ANXIETY, MUSLIM SUICIDE, OR MUSLIM OPPRESSION. 

Salam.

Seek Martyrdom and Allah Promises you Paradise

وَالَّذِينَ قُتِلُوا فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّهِ فَلَن يُضِلَّ أَعْمَالَهُمْ سَيَهْدِيهِمْ وَيُصْلِحُ بَالَهُمْ  وَيُدْخِلُهُمُ الْجَنَّةَ عَرَّفَهَا لَهُمْ

Allah (SWT) says [47:4-6] “And those who are killed in the cause of Allah - never will He waste their deeds. He will guide them and amend their condition And admit them to Paradise which He has made known to them (i.e. they will know their places in Paradise more than they used to know their houses in the world).”
Daily Tafsir of Ibn Kathir

Legitimate Excuses for staying away from Jihad


Allah mentions here the valid excuses that permit one to stay away from fighting. He first mentions the excuses that remain with a person, the weakness in the body that disallows one from Jihad, such as blindness, limping, and so forth. He then mentions the excuses that are not permanent, such as an illness that would prevent one from fighting in the cause of Allah, or poverty that prevents preparing for Jihad. There is no sin in these cases if they remain behind, providing that when they remain behind, they do not spread malice or try to discourage Muslims from fighting, but all the while observing good behavior in this state, just as Allah said,

(No means (of complaint) can there be against the doers of good. And Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.) Al-Awza`i said, “The people went out for the Istisqa’ (rain) prayer. Bilal bin Sa`d stood up, praised Allah and thanked Him then said, `O those who are present! Do you concur that wrong has been done’ They said, `Yes, by Allah!’ He said, `O Allah! We hear your statement,

(No means (of complaint) can there be against the doers of good.) O Allah! We admit our errors, so forgive us and give us mercy and rain.’ He then raised his hands and the people also raised their hands, and rain was sent down on them.” Mujahid said about Allah’s statement,

(Nor (is there blame) on those who came to you to be provided with mounts) Mujahid said; “It was revealed about Bani Muqarrin from the tribe of Muzaynah. ” Ibn Abi Hatim recorded that Al-Hasan said that the Messenger of Allah said,

(Some people have remained behind you in Al-Madinah; and you never spent anything, crossed a valley, or afflicted hardship on an enemy, but they were sharing the reward with you.) He then recited the Ayah,

(Nor (is there blame) on those who came to you to be provided with mounts, when you said: “I can find no mounts for you.”) This Hadith has a basis in the Two Sahihs from Anas, the Messenger of Allah said,

(Some people have remained behind in Al-Madinah and you never crossed a valley or marched forth, but they were with you.) They said, “While they are still at Al-Madinah” He said,

(Yes, as they have been held back by a (legal) excuse.) Then, Allah criticized those who seek permission to remain behind while they are rich, admonishing them for wanting to stay behind with women who remained in their homes,

(and Allah has sealed up their hearts, so that they know not (what they are losing).)

(94. They (the hypocrites) will present their excuses to you (Muslims), when you return to them. Say “Present no excuses, we shall not believe you. Allah has already informed us of the news concerning you. Allah and His Messenger will observe your deeds. In the end you will be brought back to the All-Knower of the unseen and the seen, then He (Allah) will inform you of what you used to do.”) (95. They will swear by Allah to you (Muslims) when you return to them, that you may turn away from them. So turn away from them. Surely, they are Rijs (impure), and Hell is their dwelling place – a recompense for that which they used to earn.) (96. They (the hypocrites) swear to you (Muslims) that you may be pleased with them, but if you are pleased with them, certainly Allah is not pleased with the people who are Fasiqin (rebellious).)

anonymous asked:

Salaam Janis! So I've been working for a while now, and I have a specific place I pray at my job but I'm literally paranoid someone will walk in and see me! That's all I can think about when I'm praying and I sometimes rush my prayer because of this paranoia. Do you have any advice on praying in public? Also thank you for taking out the time to answer mine and other people's questions, I appreciate everything that you do! Thank you for existing, you're always in my du'as! <3

Walaikum Salaam.

I kind of know what you mean sometimes. Like, if I’m praying in a new place, in front of a restaurant, some new shopping area, somewhere in forever21, like anywhere public that I haven’t prayed, I get paranoid too. I’ll think like okay, if someone stops me, I’m gonna keep praying cause Allah > all else. But even thinking that while praying isn’t really concentrating on prayer.

I don’t know. I think, kushoo in prayer, even at home is difficult. I think it’s a matter of kushoo. Of praying as if it’s your last prayer. As if you will literally die in your last sujood of that prayer. And then you realize how dumb and insignificant someone staring or looking or getting freaked out is. Because these people aren’t gonna benefit you in getting forgiven or going to Jannah. This people won’t be pleased with you like Allah will. 

I think things took a turn after I saw a series called “Sweetness of Salaah - Farhan Abdul Azeez” - and learned about these sahabas, getting HIT with arrows, but not stopping their prayer because .. Allah. You know? So I recommend that. And then this.

& JazakAllahKhair for the duas, I totally need them :)

“ And why do you not spend in the cause of Allah while to Allah belongs the heritage of the heavens and the earth ? […] “

(Surah Hadid, verse 10)

In others words : spend and don’t fear poverty because you spend for the One who possess heavens and earth, their keys and their treasures…

[by Tafsir Ibn Kathir]

There are three doors that lead people to Hellfire:

1. A suspicion, which causes one to doubt the religion of Allah

2. A desire, which causes one to prefer the pleasures of this world more than obeying and pleasing Allah

3. Anger, which causes aggression against Allah’s creatures

[Imam ibn al-Qayyim, al-Fawaa'id]

Shaykh al Shinqitee- Healing a hardened Heart

1.       Do a lot of Istigfaar

Shaykh al-islam ibn taymiyyah rahimahullah used to say “issues would be difficult for me, so I would do Istigfaar a thousand times, then Allah azza wa jal would allow me to understand the issue.

2.       Recite more Qur’an, even if you have a busy schedule, even if it requires effort or there’s hardship in doing so, initially the first time will be hard but the second time will be easier and so on.

3.       Look at the rights of others, i.e. maybe you’re disobeying your parents or you’ve hurt your family in some way, this may cause Allah azza wa jal to place a barrier between you and his mercy.

4.       If there are sins that you are continuously committing against Allah azza wa jal then cut them down immediately.

5.       Seek righteous close friends, the seeker of knowledge becomes lazy when he’s alone, a righteous friend will encourage you as you will do for him too.

6.       Try to visit graves so it can remind you of death, everyone’s ending outcome, this is to break ones ego.

7.       Take some time out to take care of the sick and elderly, this also breaks ones conceit.

8.       Read about the Salaf us Saalih, read their biographies as this will revive a high purpose in the hearts of the students of knowledge. It revives the noble characteristics of the Salaf us Saalih and the etiquettes of Islam, this will revive your imaan insha’allah.